BARCELONA 3-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO (AGG 4-3): LUIS SUAREZ SCORED THE OPENING GOAL NEYMAR DOUBLED IT AND M
Luis Suarez put Barcelona in the lead on Wednesday night in the 35 minute.
What a way to mark up a century for the club
Suarez had both feet off the ground when he volleyed Neymar's cross past Gorka Iraizoz it was his 100th goal in 120 games since signing.
Messi had fed Neymar - the front three in perfect and orderly hamony – and it was their 300th goal since they have been playing together.
Luis Suarez celebrating his opening goal
The deciding moment came on in the 79th minute. Luis Suarez had been brought down on the edge of the area and Messi waved the magic wand – sending the ball past Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz for what turned out to be the winner.
Earlier Suarez had put Barcelona in the lead on the night, and Neymar had made it double, only for some sloppy defending to allow Athletic Bilbao back into the game.
The match had started under the cloud of Gerard Pique's recent rant against the refereeing. His name was chanted by supporters and we waited to see if it would pressure the match officials into giving Barcelona more of the 50-50 decisions. It didn't.
Messi was scythed down from behind but the referee Jesus Gil Manzano did not take any action . Then it was the linesman's turn to show he had not been affected by Barcelona complaints. Andres Iniesta slid the ball through for Neymar who was onside. He squared to Luis Suarez who was also onside when the ball was played and he scored, but the flag was raised and the goal was disallowed.
Neymar celebrating his goal
Messi celebrates after scoring the winner
Athletic Bilbao's goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz being put under pressure by Neymar when he came out of his area to collect the ball.
Messi and his teammates celebrating his winning goal
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Athletic Bilbao's striker Inaki Williams argues with referee Gil Manzano during Wednesday evening's Copa del Rey tie
Enric Saborit (right) celebrates with team-mate Mikel San Jose after his goal brought Athletic Bilbao back level on aggregate